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freedom is in the jury's hands. watch the testimony and weigh the evidence yourself. we want to warn you, it is graphic. reporting for us tonight, "ac 360's" randi kaye. >> reporter: a sorted story of sex, lies and video tapes. >> transfixing the nation as the trial of jodi arias draws to a dramatic close. >> this is a case. this is a story, this is a criminal defendant unlike any other we've ever met before. >> jodi arias, accused of brutally murdering her ex-boyfriend, travis alexander. a young guy. they seem to have this great sexual relationship. but then she stabs him 29 times, decapitates him, shoots him in the head.
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>> reporter: this tale of passion gob wrong has already cost travis alexander his life. their relationship began innocent enough. >> the company had a big event there. i was there, in las vegas with them. >> travis alexander was a motivational speaker, compelling and effected. he was also a close friend and co-worker of david hughes in the fall of 2006. >> i knew that he was single and he was always looking for ms. alexander. >> enter sales woman and aspiring photographer, jodi arias. >> i introduced them and they were able to develop a relationship pretty quickly from
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there. >> they met in vegas. the night they met, it seems they heated things up very quickly. jodi arias said within a week or so, they're having sex in the car. >> reporter: a whirlwind romance, but a long distance one with her in california and him in arizona. still, that wouldn't slow them down. >> from the very beginning, travis and jodi were almost in constant communication. they talked every day. they exchanged thousands of e-mails and text messages. >> jodi was so attracted to travis that she converted to the church of latter day saints because travis was a mormon. >> she joined the church and i'm sure that made their relationship even stronger.
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>> travis and jodi's relationship was nots pure. it wasn't chaste. they had this intense sexual relationship that they kept hidden from everyone. >> reporter: but jodi couldn't keep everything hidden. >> david recalls a chilling encounter. >> they're having this conversation trying to convince travis to break up with her, she is right outside the upstairs door listening to the whole
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conversation and she walked in and she just had this face on like she was the devil and she was going to commit a murder right then and there. >> right away, travis's friends were concerned. it was clear that she liked him a lot more than he liked her. travis wanted a normal life. jodi wanted to be with him more than anything. and it was extremely unhealthy bond that they shared. >> travis' childhood was full of poverty, neglect, physical silence. >> his parents were both addicted to drugs. he wasn't raised by his parents. his grandmother is the one that raised him. but, yeah, it was a tough-upbringing. >> jodi, too, said she didn't have it easy growing up. that she was no stranger to abuse. >> she does describe instances of physical violence.
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>> reporter: jodi and travis burned red hot, at least for a while. but by the summer of 2007, their relationship had cooled, in part, because of jodi's increasing jealousy over travis' interest in other women. >> reporter: jodi and travis didn't break up. but that doesn't mean that they weren't friends with benefits! jodi enjoyed her sexual life. she wrote about how se loves travis so fully and completely that she doesn't know any other way to be. he was just her entire focus. >> reporter: so obsessed, that
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she never took her eye off of travis no matter how far apart they were. she's spying on him. that's what's really happening there. >> she slashed his tires, she broke into his e-mail account, she hacked into his facebook page, she broke into his house and stole his journals, she read his diary. >> reporter: then, she made one last visit to her estranged lover's home in the wee hours of the morning. >> travis is there and he's online and they go to sleep. when they wake up, then they get back to what jodi and travis always do. which is engage in sex.
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it's what they do. it's what they've always done since they met. >> reporter: coming up, a sex-fuelled afternoon explodes into an orgy of violence.
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>> reporter: monday, june 9th, 2008. 90 minutes inside a mesa community called the ranch. no one had heard from jason alexander in five days. so a hand full of concerned friends went looking for him. >> they get the code to the garage. they go inside the house. it smells. there's a foul odor hanging in the air. >> they found their friend pale and lifeless on the floor. >> reporter: travis' body had
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>> reporter: travis' body had nearly 29 stab marks, including the stab across his neck from ear-to-ear. there was a .25 caliber shot, blood soaked into the carpet and splattered all over the bathroom, the sink, the mirror, the floor. his friends had immediate suspicions about who did it. >> her name is jodi. >> but when investigators reached jodi by phone, she insisted she'd been nowhere near mesa for months. this was version one of her story.
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>> reporter: as the phone call ended, jodi offered a final thought. but investigators are able to place jodi at the crime scene thanks to a hand print, hair and travis' camera discovered in his washington machine. >> can you imagine when the police found that camera and they said oh, the camera has been destroyed. but to take that little memory card, and they find these photos. and detective flores, you know, got the call. you're not going to believe this. >> reporter: the memory card survived the wash. >> the memory card survived the wash. the articles lay out the timeline. >> she's taking pictures of him and probably said to him, let me get a picture of you seated. she needed to level the playing field. she's able to stab him in the
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heart. >> investigators say there is a struggle in the bathroom and then jodi follows travis into the bathroom. >> he falls. maybe onto his hands and needs, and that's when she did the coup 'de gras across his neck. >> this is at 532 p.m. it is one of two pictures taken after the shower. she prepares to drag him out to the shower. >> i wasn't there. >> i was not at travis' house. i was not.
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>> by now, it was july. jodi was in police custody but she was still sticking to version number one. >> during that same interview,
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there was this, yoga moves, stretches, and even a head stand. >> i believe it tells you jodi arias is trying to get comfortable in that room. and she's not able to get comfortable because she has to change her story. investigators have more evidence than she thought they were going to have. >> the same day, detectives questioned jodi's parents. >> reporter: her father, bill, less surprised. >> later on, she kept telling me she was going to leave the area. why? she said i can't tell you. >> what's going on. i can't tell you, i got that leave.
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>> both agreed on one important thing. >> jodi has mental problems. >> have you ever thought she was bipolar? oh, my god, she cried hysterically. >> the very next day, jodi decided to change her story to version two. >> she talked about two intruders coming into the house. when they attacked travis, when they're attacking her and she gets wounded in the incident and he's being stabbed and he's yelling and he's screaming and telling her go to the neighbors and get help.
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>> reporter: jodi took public opinion on the show "inside edition." >> i witnessed travis being attacked by two other individuals. >> who? >> i don't know who they were. i couldn't pick them out in a police line-up. >> and she made this bold prediction. >> no jury is going to convict me. >> why not? >> because i'm innocent. and you can mark my words on that one. >> then, in 2010, 2 years after the murder, jodi's lawyers file a shocking court document indicating jodi will change her story yet again. self defense. >> story one. i wasn't there. wasn't there. what are you talking about? version two, all right, yeah, i was there. but there were these two ninjas that came in and they killed travis and i was able to get o
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out of there. story three, i was there. i did it. but i did it in self defense because travis was going to kill me. >> reporter: coming up, the trial. jodi takes the stand to give her side of the story. >> reporter: it's been more than
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>> reporter: it's been more than four years since friends discovered travis alexander's crumpled up body. >> jodi arias killed travis alexander. there is no doubt about it. the million dollar question is what would have forced her to do it. >> after telling two different stories about her innocence, jodi now admitted under oath that she was the killer. >> reporter: she pled not guilty. self defense.
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that she was forced to kill travis. >> in just those two minutes, jodi had to make a choice. she would either live or she would die. >> the death penalty case, you want sympathy. >> reporter: the defense's explanation was to blame the victim. >> that's what they have to do in a self defense case. >> they have to blame the victim. they're saying, look, he was attacking me, he was about to kill me. i had no choice. the problem is self defense, you can use force when you are being threatened. but you have to use equal force. >> the defense called witnesses, including a close friend. to try and shatter the image of travis as the poor, mormon man. >> in your religion, is premarital sex allowed? >> no.
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>> did travis claim to be a virgin? >> yes, he did. >> did he seem happy to be a virgin? >> yes. >> did he seem proud? >> yes. >> travis alexander, there's no question he was conflicted. he was trying to be a good mormon and probably was. except when it came to jodi arias, she would have sex with him. and they kept it a secret. when this came out in his church, his social circle, it might have hurt him professionally. >> jodi was travis' dirty little secret. something he vividly demonstrated in this lurid phone call. >> you are hot. start touching yourself. >> when you hear this phone call, it's crucial to hear the type of difference. the difference that travis portrayed himself to be versus the things that he said on this
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recorded call. >> jodi's attorneys were just the last in a long line of people, family and boyfriends who had physically and mentally abused jodi. >> it appears their strategy was that everything that happened in her life, from her childhood and through all the relationships with men, culminated in this killing. >> reporter: jodi told the court that her brawny father inflicted great pain.
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>> he would just shove me into furniture, sometimes in the piano or things like that. >> reporter: with her mother looking on from the front row, jodi also accused her of being abusive. >> my mom began to carry a wooden spoon in her purse. if we were misbehaving, she would use it on us. >> what do you mean use it? >> she would hit us with it. >> she hit you hard? >> it felt pretty hard, yes. >> jodi portrayed herself as the victim of bad choices when it came to men. describing one abusive relationship after another. especially travis alexander. >> he sat me at the foot of his
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wed, called me a bitch and kicked me in the ribs. >> a somber day for jodi. what was supposed to be a new beginning turned out to be more of the same. >> the kissing got more passionate, he spun me around and he bent me over the bed and he was just on top of me. i didn't think anything -- that he was just going to keep kissing me. he began to have anal sex with me.
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>> after this encounter on this spiritual day, how did you feel about yourself? >> after he left, shortly after he left, i fete -- i didn't feel very good. i kind of felt like a used piece of toilet paper. >> reporter: if for the victim's family, the sexually domineering travis was hard to take. text messages from travis appearing to treat jodi as his sex slave. >> he says that this photoshoot is going to be one of the best experiences of your life, and his. he also says you'll rejoice in being a whore. that sole purpose in life is to be mine, to have animal sex with and to please me in any way i desire.
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>> jodi even accused travis of being a pedaphile. >> he began grabbing something on the bed. i realized they were papers. as he was grabbing the papers, one kind of went sailing off the bed and it was a picture of a little boy. >> the defense is trying, literally, to trash travis. >> you were still willing to be tied to a tree, if that's what he wanted? >> attack his character. >> he said i looked like a pier whore. >> hate him. loathe him. he's the bad guy. he's the evil doer. he's the pedophile. he's the one that ruined jodi arias' life. he's the one that made her do it.
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>> to the defense, it was travis, the monster, jodi his victim. it was all an unsustainable lie. >> when do you decide to tell the truth? when you're in this court and no place else? is that what i'm hearing from you? >> no. >> reporter: coming up, the prosecutor goes on attack. >> that's what you're telling us? >> that's not what i'm telling anyone. [ male announcer ] this is bob, a regular guy with an irregular heartbeat. the usual, bob? not today. [ male announcer ] bob has afib: atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem, a condition that puts him at greater risk for a stroke. [ gps ] turn left. i don't think so. [ male announcer ] for years, bob took warfarin, and made a monthly trip to the clinic to get his blood tested. but not anymore. bob's doctor recommended a different option: once-a-day xarelto®. xarelto® is the first and only
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no jury is going to convict me? >> why not? >> because i'm innocent. you can mark my words on that one. >> at the time, i was planning on committing suicide. so i was extremely confident that no jury would convict me. >> and as you say that, you're not going to be convicted because you're going to commit suicide. >> you're saying that you're innocent, right? >> yes. >> and you believe that no jury would convict you because you are going to lie your way out of it, right? objection, argumentative. >> sustained.
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>> jodi arias has since admitted killing travis alexander. >> the road to the death penalty here is paved with premeditation. that's what the prosecution has to prove. so where do they go for premeditation? >> reporter: jodi's attempt at a cover up like a rental car. >> you didn't want the color red, right? the color red seems to stand out, doesn't it? >> i don't know, i heard they get more tickets. >> so it had to do with the police department, right? you did not want to stand out. >> borrowing gas cans from a former boyfriend. >> the gas cans, she didn't want to leave any trace behind that she was in arizona. story number one was i wasn't there. so she fills gas cans up with gas so she didn't have to stop
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at any gas cans in arizona. >> and just hours after killing travis, calling his cell phone and leaving a message. >> this is the number. >> and the reason you went to great lengths was because if there was any suspicion, you didn't want it to reed to you, right? >> yes. >> you wanted the police to look elsewhere, right? >> i guess. >> so you called mr. alexander and left a message, right? >> yes. >> reporter: but despite her efts, jodi now took the jury through the grizzly details of the killing.
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starting when she dropped travis' new camera. >> at that point travis flipped out again. he picked it up as i was getting out of the shower and body slammed me again on the tile. he told me that a five-year-old could hold a camera better than i can. when i hit the tile, i rolled over and started running down the hallway. i went into the closet and slammed the door. >> then, jodi reached for a .25 caliber gun she said travis kept on the shelf. >> i grabbed the gun, i ran out of the closet, he was chasing me. i turned around. we were in the middle of the bathroom.
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i pointed it at him with both of my hands. i thought that would stop him. if somewhere were pointing a gun at me, i would stop. but he just kept running. he got like a line backer. he got kind of low and grabbed my waist. but before he did that, as he was lunging at me, the gun went off. >> there is zero evidence that established travis alexander as a gun owner. >> jodi had staged a burglary. >> you heard what items were taken, including a .25 caliber handgun. you heard that, right? >> prosecutors were questioning this burglary because they believe the .25 caliber gun was
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the gun used by jodi arias to shoot travis alexander. >> an unforgettable scene that jodi claims she doesn't remember. >> i have no memory of stabbing him. >> i was in the bathroom. i remember dropping the knife and it clanged, the tile, made a big noise and i remember screaming. there's a lot of that day that i don't remember. there are a lot of gaps.
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>> when it came to slicing and stabbing travis alexander 27, 28, 29 times, she had no recollection. >> are you saying you're having a hard time remembering things that are happening now that you shot him. >> yes. >> so it appears your memory becomes faulty immediately when you're shooting him. >> yeah, things get very foggy from there. >> the shot take him down and it creates a fog for you. is that what you're saying? >> it begins to create a fog. >> it appears she suffers from associative amnesia. according to the rezej, the more intense the drama, the more complete and intense the amnesia.
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>> reporter: doctors say jodi's amnesia was from post-traumatic stress disorder. another defense testified that jodi was a victim. >> do you have an opinion, an ultimate opinion, in your expertise, about whether or not jodi was in an abusive relationship? >> yes, i believe she was in an abusive relationship. >> and do you believe in your expert opinion that jodi is a battered woman? >> yes, i do. >> you seem to be having trouble answering my questions. if you have a problem answering the question, ask me that.
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do you want to spar with me? will that affect the way you view your testimony? >> objection. argumentative. >> sustained. >> reporter: martinez made, perhaps, his most important point. that she is a liar. >> so you lied to him, right? >> well -- >> objection, argumentative. asked and answered. >> you didn't tell the whole story then, right? that's what you said, right? >> that would be accurate. >> reporter: and, with that, prosecutor juan martinez abruptly ended his grilling cross-examination of jodi arias. >> what is your understanding of the word "skank." >> reporter: a hint of what they might be thinking. [ male announcer] surprise -- you're having triplets. [ babies crying ] surprise -- your house was built on an ancient burial ground.
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when you stuck that knife right into his chest? that really must have hurt, right? >> sustained. >> in arizona, lawyers aren't the only one who is can grill witnesses. after weeks of testifying, jodi arias faced questions from the jury. >> this is the time set for the court to ask the questions you have submitted. >> how is it you were so calm on the television interviews. >> it's rare that the juries get to ask questions. and this jury asked hundreds and hundreds of questions to the witnesses and to the perpetrator herself. some of them asking very, very important questions and some of them a little sarcastic. >> they had questions about jodi's sex life with travis: questions about her killing travis.
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>> were you mad at travis while you were stabbing him? why did you put the camera in the washer? >> reporter: questions about her faulty memory. >> you claim to have memory lapses or gaps during times of stress sech as when you are being yelled at or grilled. how is it that you have such vivid and specific memories of violence and yelling by travis such a long time ago if this is the case? >> i believe the jurors who asked those questions did not believe her.
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>> reporter: after the barrage of questions and testimony from a few more defense witnesses -- >> at this point, the defense rests. >> reporter: next up, prosecutor juan martinez with rebuttal witnesses. a friend of travis. >> how often would you see they were e affectionate? >> yus about every time they got together. >> we never really got mad at each other. we had a fun relationship. we liked being together. >> and police officers. >> jodi arias says she got the gun from va tra vis. travis. he has to establish to the jury that there was zero evidence that travis alexander owned a 25 caliber. >> and during the search, the house searched from bottom to top? >> yes, it was. >> and it has two floors on it, correct? >> yes. >> attic, did somebody go in the attic to see what they could find? >> yes.
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>> was there ever a holster found? >> no, there was never a holster found. >> was there a gun case? >> no, there was no gun case. >> were there any indications that a gun had been there? were there any spare bullets of any caliber found throughout the house? >> nothing. >> martinez worked to cast out on every aspect of jodi's story. both what she claimed happened and what the defense witnesses said was her state of mind. clinical psychologist jeannine demarte had kublgted a 12-hour clinical interview with jodi. >> i conduct it had four test that is we discussed. >> did you have an opinion to what the diagnosis was in this case? >> after looking at that, taking into consideration her behavioral observations and all of the different pieces of information that i had, yes, i did. >> and what was that? >> i diagnosed her on access to
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borderline personality disorder. >> what does that mean? >> you can think of it similar to what we see in teenager, often. this sense of immaturity. there's unstable, interpersonal relationships, unstable emotions and an unstable sense of identity. meaning who am i as a person. there's this constant fluctuation. a lot of manipulation. >> the defense attempt tempted to discredit by calling one last witness. >> do you have an opinion as to whether or not dr. demarte has an adequate understanding of how to administer these tests and make a diagnosis? >> yes. >> okay wharks is that opinion? >> she does not appear to have an adequate understanding of their uses or their interpretation or the actual ways those tests are to be used. >> the key is premeditation. premeditation puts this case
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into the death penalty phase. premeditation. that she reflected upon her plan doesn't have to take a week, doesn't have to take a month. they just have to prove that she had time to plan that moment and then acted on that plan. >> this individual, the defendant, jodi anne arias, killed travis alexander. and even after stabbing him over and over again, and even after slashing his throat from here to here, and then even after taking a gun, shooting him in the face, she will not let him rest in peace. but, now, instead of a gun, instead of a knife, she uses lies.
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and she uses these lies in court when she testified. she's an individual who is manipulative. sh is an individual who wants to play the victim. >> juan martinez closing arguments, clear theme. manipulation. the jodi arias manipulates everybody, including the members of the jury. by lying to them. lying to travis. lying to investigators. that's a theme throughout. >> then, it was the defense's term with kirk nurmy making their case. >> it's not even about whether or not you like jodi arias. nine days outs of ten, i don't like jodiarias. >>. >> what you want to play is obviously their story of self defense. that something happened in the heat of passion between these two people. who, at one time, were linked as love everies. >> jodi arias says travis
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alexander yelled at her for dropping the camera. he called her stupid. he says even a 5-year-old could hold a camera. and then he swrumps out. and then he attacks. he remembers on a previous occasion, he had choked her to the point where she lost consciousness. she feared that it might go farther. this time was different. he was angry. he was angry in a different way. >> as 12 jurors begin to deliberate behind closed doors, perhaps they've already provided us with a clue to what they contemplate while deciding the fate of jodi arias. >> after all the lives you have told, why should we believe you now? >> it's been four months that
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